Santonio Holmes has proven time and time again that he’s capable of making the big plays that lead huge victories and despite some of his past issues his on-the-field value makes up for them. Holmes has already mentioned that he would like to re-sign with the Jets a few months ago but that could change depending on the type of deal that the Jets are willing to offer him.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweets that Holmes plans on taking a “wait-and-see approach” in regards to re-signing with the team. Holmes also mentioned that he would like to sign a multi-year contract rather than a one-year deal.
This is a situation that could be really common once the offseason is finally underway because of the likelihood that the NFL continues under the same rules as it did last season. Players may need to have 6 years of accumulated service before they qualify for unrestricted free agency.
Holmes is worth a multi-year deal but the Jets have rewarded a number of players already with new contracts which leaves them in a tough predicament. Signing Holmes to a longterm contract would limit their ability to fill other needs like defensive line. Holmes knows that his value may never be higher than it is right now which is why he’s more likely to take a wait and see approach before jumping to sign a restricted-free agent tender. There’s a chance that he could hold out if the Jets are unwilling to offer him a longterm deal.